The Literacy Project
In the words of a parent of one of the children who attends our centre: “Being able to read and write makes it a different world”. Yet a needs assessment of Zaatari Village that we conducted in February 2018 showed that 55% of Syrian and 43% of Jordanian respondents could not read and write in Arabic.
At the training centre, we are providing Arabic, Maths and English classes to approximately 90 Syrian children between four and fifteen years of age. Because of the conflict in Syria, displaced children have missed out on vital years of education. To prevent them from becoming a lost generation and ensure they have access to decent life opportunities, we are helping to build their basic literacy skills.
Our team of dedicated volunteers (both from Zaatari Village and all over the world) are currently providing our fundamental literacy classes three mornings per week before the children attend Jordanian government schools. Due to continued pressures on the Jordanian government school system, education in Zaatari Village operates a dual shift whereby the Jordanian students attend school in the morning and the younger Syrian children attend for several hours in the afternoons. Our classes help support the public education system by providing complimentary hours of teaching that the children otherwise do not have access to.